Baylor Programs Ranked in U.S. News Grad School Survey

March 11, 2014

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WACO, Texas (March 11, 2014) -- Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, health disciplines, the sciences and education were among those nationally ranked in the 2015 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The latest rankings are published online at and in the U.S. News’ “Best Graduate Schools 2015” guidebook.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,350 programs and more than 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2013 and early 2014.

Baylor Law School

Baylor Law School moved up three places to rank No. 51 overall in the magazine's "Top Schools" listing for 2015, tied with Pennsylvania State University and University of Richmond. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor's trial advocacy program is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

The rankings of 194 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association are based on a weighted average of the 12 measures of quality described here. Data were collected in fall 2013 and early 2014. Specialty rankings are based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions.

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business

Baylor's Hankamer School of Business moved up five places to No. 65 among the top-rated master’s programs in business, tied with six universities (Case Western Reserve, George Washington University, LSU, North Carolina State, University of Oklahoma and University of Tennessee).

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed all 453 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The surveys were conducted in in fall 2013 and early 2014.

Baylor’s School of Education

Baylor’s School of Education advanced to No. 92, up five places from its last ranking in 2013. U.S. News surveyed graduate education programs at 356 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2013 and early 2014 to determine the 2015 rankings.

Baylor Sciences

U.S. News also updated rankings for biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics. Rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences are based solely on the results of surveys sent to academics in those fields.

Baylor doctoral programs were ranked in 2015 in several categories, including:

Biological Sciences, No. 84
Chemistry, No. 96
Earth Sciences, No. 106
Mathematics, No. 134
Physics, No. 123
Statistics, No. 75

The universe of schools surveyed in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics consisted of schools that awarded at least five doctoral degrees for the years from 2006 through 2010, according to the National Science Foundation report “Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards.”

The American Statistical Association provided U.S. News with eligible programs for statistics. In biological sciences, graduate programs may be offered in a university's medical school or its college of arts and sciences. In statistics, graduate programs may be offered through a biostatistics or statistics department.

Baylor Health Disciplines

Although not newly ranked, several Baylor graduate programs in the health disciplines are highly rated by U.S. News.

• The Baylor-U.S. Army master's degree program in physical therapy was ranked fifth in 2011, tied with the University of Iowa. Baylor-U.S. Army health programs are operated at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
• The Baylor-U.S. Army master's degree program in healthcare management was ranked 11th best in the country, along with Boston University and Johns Hopkins University, in 2011.
• The MBA in healthcare administration, a specialization in Baylor's MBA program in the Hankamer School of Business, was ranked 25th in the U.S. News rankings of health care management programs. The program is a part of the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, which serves as the foundation for all health care-related initiatives in Baylor's business school.
• Baylor's doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) was rated No. 79 by U.S. News in 2012.
• Baylor's master's degree program in social work was ranked 60th best in the nation in 2012.
• The university's speech-language pathology program was ranked 79th in 2012.
• The master's degree program in nursing at Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas was ranked by U.S. News as 64th best in the country in 2011.

Baylor Social Sciences and Humanities

Several Baylor graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities were ranked in 2013 and are included in this year's U.S. News rankings.

Sociology, No. 84
Psychology, No. 101
English, No. 121

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" report began in 1990.

For more information about Best Graduate Schools, visit To learn more about the methodology and data research, visit


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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